Heartbreak as ‘playful and cuddly’ toddler found dead in cot by his mum

A bubbly one-year-old who was “always happy” was found dead in his cot by his distraught mum, an inquest has heard.

Tragic Emmett Jago Rathband had been diagnosed with Down’s syndrome, suspected sepsis and other chronic respiratory problems following his birth in February 2020.

Shortly after he was born, his mum had “a great deal” of work reaching out to paediatricians and specialists over concerns about his breathing, Nottinghamshire Live reports.

Emmett was found dead at home in Kirkby-in-Ashfield on May 2 last year, when his mum, Latoyah Ibbeson, went into his room at roughly 11am – a time when he would usually be awake.

The baby was found “cold and unresponsive”, the moment when the ambulance was called, the inquest heard.

He was pronounced dead at 11.45am.

A pathological examination into his death revealed that Emmett had a vascular anomaly and other complications that caused him airway obstruction.

Dr Elizabeth Didcock, assistant coroner for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, will conclude the inquest with NUH witnesses Dr Preyell and Mr Daniel due to speak in the hearing.

His mum, 21, said her baby son had breathed noisily in his sleep, and would occasionally “gasp for air”.

Emmett was described as a “playful and smiley” baby who was taken to regular consultations with Dr Victoria Walker of Sherwood Forest Hospitals.

Dr Walker told the inquest that “concerns were raised by the family over his noisy breathing”, and so he was referred to Dr Yanney from the same medical trust for a sleep study at the King’s Mill Hospital.

The results were reported on February 15, and the conclusion was that Emmett was suffering from an obstructive sleeping disorder.

He was referred to respiratory specialists at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, where he was consulted on two occasions in April time.

Further investigations were due to take place at the Queen’s Medical Centre in October this year.

The inquest continues.